Country: Scotland
Region: Islay
Type: Single Malt
Bottler: The Vintage Malt Whisky Company
ABV: 55%
Score: 83 points

Cooper's Choice Laggan Mill 11-year-old Islay Single Malt. Image courtesy The Vintage Malt Whisky Company. The bottlers have never disclosed the source of Laggan Mill, but various sources have indicated over the years that it comes from Lagavulin. However, I’m inclined to disagree with that theory, since the peatiness is softer than most Lagavulins and very few casks of Lagavulin are ever made available to independent bottlers. I think Bunnahabhain is a more likely source, but it’s only a guess.

In any case, the nose has notes of honey, soft peat, straw, dried flowers, and a hint of driftwood. The taste is chewy with a good peaty burst, cloves, cardamom, hints of honey and bacon, and sea salt. The finish is long and smoky. (January, 2014)